Mumbai, Feb. 7 -- Ritesh Batra is geared up for the British Academy Film and Television Awards (BAFTA), in London, UK, where his debut directorial, The Lunchbox has bagged a nomination in the Film Not In The English Language category. However, the director says since India churns out almost 900 films a year, such opportunities shouldn't be so rare for the country.
"Platforms like the Oscar or the BAFTA are important for Indian films to put our cinema on the global map. Countries such as Israel and Argentina make just about 12 films a year, yet they get on the shortlist of international awards more often than we do, even though we make 900 movies a year. So, obviously, there's something wrong with the process, and that needs to be corrected," says the 35-year-old, who feels that perhaps an intervention by the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Ministry can set things right.
Even though The Lunchbox garnered immense critical acclaim, the selection committee of the Film Federation of India decided to send the Gujarati film, The Good Road, as the official entry to the Oscars, which didn't go down well with Ritesh. "For the BAFTA, the UK distributor of the film was involved (in sending the entry), so we weren't dependent on the Film Federation of India, otherwise we wouldn't have had access to this platform," informs Ritesh, adding, "Have the people, who are shortlisting films in India, studied the global processes? I don't think so. The ministry should step in and correct the process. They should not give it to the industry body that is not doing its job well."